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DNA is the hereditary matter that makes us uniquely who we are.
Our focus and expertise in metal distribution…
Our product reach, quality and value—no matter how complex…
Our commitment to delivering the best service…always…
Our passion for what we do and the people we serve…
At Paragon Steel, it’s what’s in our DNA that makes us uniquely us.


30 Years: “Steel Crazy After all These Years”

On July 5, 1988 Paragon Steel was born in the Belmont Shores section of Long Beach, California. We had a small office upstairs in a building above Quinn’s Pub.
There were four of us when we first started. I remember those days as if they were yesterday, as I wondered…
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We pride ourselves on giving high quality service to all our customers.


We have a diverse range of steel products to fit most any requirements.


Customers come back to us because they want high quality and value


We pay close attention to the details because you expect the very best

The Paragon Steel Promise:

To provide higher levels of quality and service to our customers
while delivering any product, in any size or specification.


It's Business. It's Personal.

By Jim Stavis

It was more than 42 years ago when I started my first automotive aftermarket business called Pace Setter Industries. It grew to become the largest muffler manufacturer west of the Mississippi. In addition to business concepts, the one thing I had to become knowledgeable with was steel. We had bought an incredible amount of tubing, aluminized steel and steel coils of all varieties. I found myself frustrated with the vendors on the supply side of steel distribution. To fulfill all of our processes, we needed more than a dozen different types of steel vendors. Since we ran a production line, getting just-in-time vendors was critical to our success.

After 16 years in business, I eventually sold my interest in the muffler company and joined Doug Carpenter, who was a close vendor and friend. Together, we formed Paragon Steel in 1988 in Long Beach. The lessons I learned in my prior business in meeting the needs of manufacturing became the blueprint for our new company. Our sole focus was to provide higher levels of quality and service to our customers. When customers would ask what we could provide, we would respond with, “Whatever you need.” We broke the barrier of specialization. For years, steel distributors would only carry one type of commodity, such as structural shapes, or plates, or flat rolled or stainless and aluminum products. At Paragon Steel, we can provide any product, in any size or specification. Our boundaries are endless. There was a time when steel distributors dictated to their customers when deliveries could be made or how many pieces were in a bundle of steel. We looked at that as an old paradigm. Why not provide delivery when the customer wanted it in the quantities they desired? It sounds simple today, but back in 1988, it was revolutionary thinking.

So now, some 26 years later, we are still evolving. Customer needs have certainly changed. Customers now have technology at their disposal to source online, send out requisitions via e-mail and do not require the face-to-face contact that used to be a fundamental part of developing relationships. As a vendor, it is much harder to foster those relationships, and we find that it is still a vital part of business. At Paragon Steel, we view ourselves as an extension of a customer’s purchasing department. If we cannot provide value, then there really would be no reason for us to exist, let alone prosper.

So enough about the past…what about the future? We see a changing landscape. The continuing trend of mergers and consolidation with steel service centers will make companies like ours more unique and special. Bigger companies cannot shift in and out markets as we can. They become too structured and bureaucratic to provide the levels of service that customers now demand. There is no going back on that. And even though communication has changed and markets have changed, and continue to change, it still boils down to people doing business with people they can trust. We welcome the opportunity to earn yours.

Jim Stavis Speaks

I am not just a President & CEO—I am also a triple transplant recipient, surviving a surgery that is both incredibly rare and risky. How did I manage Type I diabetes, the transplant wait list, running a successful company and caring for a family? Here’s a hint: It has to do with HOPE.

I share this story of hope through my award-winning documentary Source of Hope as well as through professional speaking engagements across the nation. To request a copy of my documentary or learn more about booking me as a speaker for your next event, visit? You can also follow Jim Stavis Speaks on my official Facebook page. Or sign up here to be added to the distribution list for Paragon Steel’s quarterly insightful business newsletter where I also share stories of hope.

—Jim Stavis, President & CEO, Paragon Steel

Jim Stavis


Our Focus. Our Expertise.

Our focus and expertise in distribution and processing allow us to take care of all your metal needs—large or small, easy or hard-to-find and always with the higher level of quality and service our customers expect from us:


? WF Beams
? I-Beams
? HR Channel
? HR Sheet & Coil
? CR Sheet & Coil
? HR Plate
? Flat Bar
? Round Bar
? Square Bar
? Rectangular Tube
? Round Tube
? Pipe
? Floor Plate
? Expanded Metal
? Trench Plate
? Shoring
? Stainless Steel
? Aluminum


? Flamecutting
? Forming
? Cutting
? Punching
? Shearing
? Slitting
? Beam Splitting
? Water Jet
? Coating


? Hard-to-find items
? Fast & reliable deliveries
? Custom packaging & marking
? Just-in-time programs
? CalTrans approved
? Federal & state approved
? Full & broken bundles

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Paragon Steel and our President & CEO Jim Stavis are proud to be featured throughout the media in articles about our company, industry trends and causes that are close to our heart—organ donation and hope through adversity in business and in life. Visit this section?often for good reads and inspiration!

On March 8, President Donald Trump signed orders to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imported in the United States. The tariffs, which will take effect in 15 days, are set at 25 percent for steel and 10 percent for aluminum. As the orders state: Covered “steel articles” are those defined in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) 6-digit level as: 7206.10 through 7216.50, 7216.99 through 7301.10, 7302.10, 7302.40 through 7302.90, and 7304.10 through 7306.90, including any subsequent revisions to these HTS classifications.?—Read the full article ?

Canada, Mexico Will Not Face Steel, Aluminum Tariffs Imposed By United States

Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI)

Technology is continuously advancing by the second every day. While its impacts are felt by all industries, one in particular may be facing a total technological transformation; the supply chain. In a white paper entitled “New Supply Chain Technology Best Practices (The Application of New Technology in the Physical Supply Chain),” by The Global Supply Chain Institute (University of Tennessee Haslam College of Business), five modern and innovative technologies are analyzed for their effects on the supply chain industry. These technologies are explored based on their current applications in the world, where they might lead in the future, their benefits to supply chains as well as what obstacles they may face before a wide-scale rollout.—Read the full story here ?

The Modern Supply Chain

As seen on; Article by Cassandra Newman

Celebrating a milestone 30th anniversary, Paragon Steel has built an industry-leading reputation for providing a complete line of steel and stainless products with a customer-first approach. But it’s not the variety of tubes, beams, plates and channels or even the quick response time that portrays the heart of this metal distribution company. —Read the full article (PDF) ?

A Backbone of Steel

Paragon continues to re-form the status quo

The Commerce Department on Friday (February 16, 2018) recommended imposing heavy tariffs or quotas on foreign producers of steel and aluminum in the interest of national security, following a trade investigation of imports. President?Donald Trump?and his administration announced the so-called Section 232 investigation into steel and aluminum imports in April. The investigation sought to determine whether the imports posed a threat to the country’s national security. On Friday, Commerce Secretary?Wilbur Ross?reported that steel is in fact important to U.S. national security, and current import flows are adversely impacting the steel industry. —Read the full story here ?

Commerce Department calls for Trump to impose steep tariffs or quotas on foreign steel and aluminum

As featured on CNBC, Photo by Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

The Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) is a 100 year-old trade association supporting the North American distributors and producers of steel, aluminum and stainless steel. “Elements in Action” is a video that was commissioned by MSCI to celebrate its Centennial in 2009 by showing the world how important metals are in our daily lives. If you are interested in learning more about the metals industry or MSCI please visit our web site at—Watch the video on YouTube

Elements in Action

As featured by Metals Service Center Institute

With U.S. Steel taking center stage in discussions about trade and tariffs, how is this impacting sourcing for the material?—Watch the video here ?

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Let us bring quality and service to your next project.

Meet a member of our sales team:

noelle-leeNoelle Lee

Noelle has been selling steel products for more than six years on the East Coast and was recently transferred out west temporarily. Once she got a taste of life in Southern California (especially over the winter), she decided to stay here full time. We had to convince her that it really doesn’t rain as much as it did this year. Noelle’s background is strong in steel plate, and like Jerry, her steel knowledge is being broadened to include many more steel, aluminum and stainless products.

You can reach Noelle at (908) 675-6847 ?

7405 E. Slauson Avenue
Commerce, CA 90040

Paragon Steel – It's In Our DNA

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